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2008 Tour winner talks racing, bikes, and chocolate

by Tony Farrelly   January 21, 2009  

Carlos Sastre © Photosport International

We've just been to the Cervelo Test Team team launch to film interviews with star riders Carlos Sastre, Thor Hushovd, and British Olympic medallist Emma Pooley, plus Cervelo co-founder Gerard Vroomen – the man behind the bikes. 

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Today we talk to Carlos Sastre, and he tells us about the reasons for his move from CSC, what he thinks of his new bike, and how his new team will be able to support both himself and Thor Hushovd as they race for the yellow and green jerseys respectively at this year's Tour. What was clear from our time with Carlos and his team is that he is massively respected by his team mates. He's the consummate pro – ours was the last interview of the day and he found time to do it twice, when our camera battery packed up at the start of our first attempt… Thanks Carlos!

So sorry it's a bit dark – we shot this in the only quiet place we could find at eight o'clock at night in a hotel full of Germans, bike journos, pro cyclists and piped Phil Collins – outside on the hotel verandah.

On Friday Gerard Vroomen talks bikes and among other things tells us why some Cervelo Test Team riders will be riding aluminium bikes this year. On Monday Thor Hushovd gives us his views on Mark Cavendish, the sprint scene, and the Tour green jersey. Then next Wednesday Emma Pooley talks team set-up, bike set-up, and why she thinks Britain has produced so many top class women riders.

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Great interview. You looked a smidge nervous at the start but then I would be scared witless coming face to face with a tour winner.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1246 posts]
21st January 2009 - 20:35

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 I was a tad worried that the camera battery was going to give out + we were really rushing it was just before dinner and this was the very last interview of the weekend + it was only the fourth video interview I've ever done - you'll get to see the first three in the next few days Smile Smile

Luckily Carlos Sastre is a top fella

 

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
21st January 2009 - 23:18

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He came across really well...

loving the microphone btw Smile

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1246 posts]
22nd January 2009 - 11:51

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Can you imagine former winners being like this? Good job Dave.

Lets hope Cadel doesnt ever win it or he'll be throwing his teddy at your damn battery!!!

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posted by mst [38 posts]
22nd January 2009 - 13:11

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nowt to do with me, i was in manchester... Smile

all kudos to our tone

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7326 posts]
22nd January 2009 - 13:41

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you guys are like two peas in a pod! sorry tony, too much traveling makes you soooo tired...

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posted by mst [38 posts]
22nd January 2009 - 15:22

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Yep, I thought it was a good interview & what a really nice chilled out guy he (Carlos) seems to be.
Excellent - more of the same to come?

posted by Simon [59 posts]
23rd January 2009 - 13:40

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 Gerard Vroomen from Cervlo - really interesting guy

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
23rd January 2009 - 14:03

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